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Battleships

HMS Prince of Wales

HMS Prince of Wales (King George V Class)
General Details
Nationality British
Type Battleship
Builder Cammell Laird, Birkenhead. United Kingdom
Laid down 2 January 1937
Launched 3 May 1939
Commissioned 31 March 1941
Fate Hit and sunk by 4 torpedoes from Japanese land based planes 10 December 1941 off Kuantan, Malaya in South China Sea (3º33,6'N, 104º28,7'E). Prince of Wales was at the time she was lost in company of Repulse (Force Z)
Displacement
Standard 35,000 tons
Full Load 44,650-45,360 tons
Dimensions
Lenght (waterline) 739.8' (225.5 m)
Lenght (Overall) 745.1' (227 m)
Beam 103.0' (31.4 m)
Draft 27.5' (8.4 m) (Avg)
35.5' (10.8 m) (Max)
Armament
Main Battery 10 x 14" (356 mm)/45 cal Mk VII
8 in two quad. turrets 2 in one dual turret
Secondary Battery 16 x 5.25" (133 mm)/50 cal Mk I in 8 twin turrets
4 port 4 starboard
AA 32-48 x 2pdr. Mk VIII pompoms
Various amounts of 40 mm/56 cal Bofors
Up to 18 x 20 mm/65 cal Oerlikons
Torpedoes N/A
Radars
Air Search Type 279
Surface Search N/A
Fire Control Type 284 gunfire control
Type 285 anti-aircraft control
Aircraft
Fixed Wing Up to 4 aircraft w/ hangar (converted to movie theater 1943)
Armour
Main Belt 15.4" (391 mm) midship
5"-7" (127-178 mm)ends
Lower Belt 3" (76 mm)
Deck Up to 7" (178 mm) all together
Turrets 16" (406 mm) face
11"-12" (279-305 mm) sides
Barbettes Up to 16" (406 mm)
Conning Tower 15" (381 mm)
Propulsion
Boilers 8 Admiralty 3 drum type (300 psi working pressure)
Turbines 4 Parsins single reduction geared turbines
Horsepower 110,000 shp
Shafts 4
Endurance 15,000 nm at 10 knts
6,300 nm at 20 knts
3,200 nm at 27 knts
Max Speed 27.5 knts
29.2 knts achieved on trials
Oil Bunkerage 3,842 tons oil
Complement
Usual 1,530-1,900